Learning with feature dependent label noise: a progressive approachDownload PDF

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  • Keywords: Noisy Label, Deep Learning, Classification
  • Abstract: Label noise is frequently observed in real world large scale datasets. The noise is introduced due to a variety of reasons; it is heterogeneous and feature-dependent. Most existing approaches to handle noisy labels fall into two categories: they either assume an ideal feature-independent noise, or remain heuristic without theoretical guarantees. In this paper, we propose to target a new family of feature-dependent label noise. This is much more general than commonly used i.i.d.~label noise and encompasses a broad spectrum of noise patterns. Focusing on this general noise family, we propose a progressive label correction algorithm that iteratively corrects labels and refine the model. We provide theoretical guarantees showing that for a wide variety of (unknown) noise patterns, a classifier trained with this strategy will converge to be consistent with the Bayes classifier. On different datasets, our method outperforms multiple SOTA baselines and is robust to various noise types and levels.
  • One-sentence Summary: We propose a progressive label correction approach for noisy label learning task
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